- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Ohio State has added more speed to its offense with the signing-day addition of wide receiver James Clark to the 2013 class.
Clark, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound, prospect from New Smyrna, Fla., chose the Buckeyes over Florida and Clemson. He also visited Purdue but took the Boilers off his list when Danny Hope got fired. ESPN lists him as a four-star recruit and the No. 49 receiver in this class. He had 49 catches for 1,112 yards and added eight touchdowns as a high school senior.
Here's a bit of ESPN RecruitingNation's scouting report on Clark:
"Clark is a fast, explosive player with terrific acceleration properties and smooth, fluid movements. He is slight of build and very lean, but can really stretch and has adequate height. This is a Dexter McCluster-type with more natural ability as a route runner and pure receiver. ... He has good speed and flashed the ability to be a home run threat."
That sounds like exactly the type of player Urban Meyer needs for his offense. The addition of Clark makes up for the loss of Taivon Jacobs, who had been committed to Ohio State but today signed with Maryland, his home state school. Clark and Jacobs are about the same size, and ESPN ranks Jacobs nine spots behind Clark among receivers, so the Buckeyes aren't too upset about this, even if they may have to face Jacobs in the Big Ten in the near future.
Ohio State, which put a big emphasis on improving its speed at the playmaking positions, also has receivers Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson and junior college transfer Corey Smith in this class.
The big news for the Buckeyes today was the addition of blue-chip safety Vonn Bell. More on that in a bit.
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